The schools in this area have a long established practice of working closely together within the Elmete Partnership of Schools & Services (EPoSS) Family of Schools. Nine of these schools (as listed above) took this collaboration further in January 2014 by setting up The Wharfe Valley Learning Partnership (WVLP). The Partnership is a Cooperative Educational Trust, enabling each school to keep its unique identity and autonomy, whilst simultaneously working closely together to benefit our children, young people and communities.
The schools involved are all recognised as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ establishments by OFSTED and as such have a very secure base on which to build a strong, effective partnership. The Governing Bodies of these schools believe that a Trust of this kind is the best way to ensure the long term, sustainable collaboration that is required to meet our common aims.
The WVLP seeks to develop practice across the schools to further enhance the provision and opportunities available to our children and young people, maintaining and improving their already high standards of attainment and achievement. It collaborates closely with other organisations, such as Leeds City Council services, The Co-operative Movement, providers of higher education and others, so that we can serve our children, young people, families and communities most effectively.
Key to the success of the Wharfe Valley Learning Partnership is our shared vision and values.
The schools in Partnership are each unique, equal and autonomous. We work together to achieve our shared vision of securing the very best outcomes for the children and young people in our schools through: setting the highest expectations for achievement; innovating in practice and organisation; and inspiring and supporting each other in continual improvement from our strong base.
This vision is underpinned by our shared values:
Furthermore, the Partnership is based on the Co-operative Values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In our dealings as a Partnership we demonstrate the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.
As a Cooperative Trust, stakeholders, including children, young people, parents and staff are encouraged to have their say in how our collaboration develops. These groups have opportunities to voice their views in regular Forum meetings and are represented on the Trust Board which steers the direction of the collaboration. The rest of the Trust Board is made of Head teachers and Governor Representatives from each school and representatives of Partner organisations.
The schools have already identified several initial priorities for the work of the Wharfe Valley Learning Partnership. They are as follows:
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Through collaborative working in the WVLP we are ensuing that not only do we get best value for money with training and staff development, but that children have opportunities that are wider than the sphere of their own school. That they understand their part in the community and feel able to take and active confident part in it.